This session introduces MoodleNet, a new open social media platform for educators, focussed on professional development and open content. MoodleNet sustainably empowers communities of educators to share and learn from each other to improve the quality of education. It is Open Source, AGPL-licensed, and an integral part of the Moodle ecosystem.
Participants will be introduced to the research that led to MoodleNet’s development, along with an overview of the federated approach we are taking. Individuals can join MoodleNet to contribute to communities curating collections of resources. Organisations can run their own instance of MoodleNet or curate dedicated communities and collections of resources, while being connected to all the other users and organisations in the MoodleNet network. To begin with, MoodleNet will be entirely open for anyone to view resources and share ideas.
Technically speaking, MoodleNet is based on ActivityPub, a decentralised social networking protocol based on the ActivityStreams 2.0 data format. ActivityPub is an official W3C standard published by the W3C Social Web Working Group. It provides a federated server-to-server API for delivering notifications and subscribing to content.
In practice, this means that MoodleNet users can follow accounts on other networks that use the ActivityPub protocol. Examples of these ‘Fediverse’ applications include Mastodon, Pleroma, Pixelfed, and PeerTube, which together have millions of users.